66 Safari Adventure
15-Day / 16-Night
(half-tour options available)
This is the ultimate 66 adventure! For two weeks and a day, we will journey from Chicago to LA, seeing all of the iconic sites as well as many that few ever visit. Half-tour options are available from Chicago to Amarillo, and Amarillo to Santa Monica. Do Route 66 on your terms! Get hip to this trip, and come along with two experienced roadies who are dedicated not just to the facts and figures of the road, but also the people who make it what it is.
Each day averages about 170 miles, the vast majority of which will be on old sections of Route 66. Forget about the freeway. We only use that when we absolutely have to. Do it the right way...from Chicago to LA, taking sufficient time to see the many points of interest along the way.
While the tour emphasis is certainly centered on Route 66, we will also cover relevant historical information of the cities and states we traverse. You will finish this tour with an experience that couples the legend and lore of the Mother Road, along with splashes of local flavor and culture.
You will use your own motor vehicle (one you own or rent). The majority of our journey will be on paved sections of 66, although, conditions permitting, we will explore parts of the fabled Jericho Gap in Texas, as well as the popular Dirt 66 segment in eastern New Mexico.
Our lodging will be a mix of old and new, but always first-rate. Whenever possible, we will dine at classic 66 diners. We'll stop at the primary gift and curio shops along the way, allowing ample time for souvenir shopping. A few wineries and craft breweries are also on the list.
Our detailed route slips will provide you with turn-by-turn instructions and timing estimates. We also provide downloadable GPS files (.kml and .gpx formats) that you can sync to your dashboard devices or phones. We also provide handheld radios for between-car communication.
Can't do the full tour? We offer half-tour options as well, either the East or West sections, with Amarillo serving as the mid-point ending or beginning of your journey. Be sure to book air and rental car accordingly.
Whatever your choice, be assured that this will be an experience of epic proportions! It doesn't matter if you are a Route 66 newcomer, or a seasoned veteran of the Mother Road. We guarantee that you will return home with memories and knowledge to last a lifetime...yet will undoubtedly stir you to want to know even more.
Details: Registration deadline July 19, 2017!
Day 0: Meet in Chicago. Welcome party.
Day 1: Downtown Chicago to Bloomington IL
Day 2: Bloomington to Edwardsville
Day 3: Edwardsville to Cuba
Day 4: Cuba to Springfield MO
Day 5: Springfield to Tulsa
Day 6: Tulsa to Sayre
Day 7: Sayre to Amarillo
Day 8: Amarillo to Tucumcari
Day 9: Tucumcari to Las Vegas NM
Day 10: Las Vegas NM to ABQ
Day 11: ABQ to Gallup
Day 12: Gallup to Flagstaff
Day 13: Flagstaff to Kingman
Day 14: Kingman to Barstow
Day 15: Barstow to Santa Monica. Farewell party
Half-Tour East (Chicago to Amarillo):
Arrive Chicago July 29
Arrive Amarillo August 5
Choose from our full 15-day tour, west half-tour, or east-half tour.
Full 15-Day Tour